Feb
5
2014

Golden Gloves Champion On Campus


Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff, Student Life


Coach Doug Krantz poses with Drew Dawson after he won first place in the 201 lbs Men's Novice at the 74th Annual East Texas Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament.  Courtesy photo.

Coach Doug Krantz poses with Drew Dawson after he won first place in the 201 lbs Men’s Novice Division at the 74th Annual East Texas Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament. Courtesy photo.

A Golden Gloves boxing champion on the Hill? Yes, indeed and his name is Drew Dawson. Dawson works in the ETBU Physical Facilities Department full-time and is finishing his last semester as a student.

The former ETBU football player represented Marshall’s D-Rocks Gym Boxing Club at the 74th annual East Texas Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament held at the UT-Tyler Herrington Patriot Center last month.  Dawson of Kountze, Texas, captured the Men’s Novice 201-pound title with a majority decision over Frankie Puron of Bravo’s Boxing Club.

Dawson is scheduled to graduate this May with his Mass Communication degree and will report to boot camp just days following Spring Commencement on May 3. Dawson will serve our country as a member of the United States Air Force.

Dawson and his wife, Kaylee, have three children, Brooklyn, and twin girls, Allyson and Kaitlyn.

Dec
2
2013

Congratulations


Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff


Ken & Carol Fairweather

Ken & Carol Fairweather

Congratulations to ETBU Associate Professor Dr. Ken Fairweather and his wife, Carol, as they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on November 30, 2013. Ken, originally from North Dakota, but wintered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Carol, from McKeesport, Pa. met while students at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago Ill. They were married November 30, 1963, at Riverview Baptist Church in McKeesport, Pa.

Following their marriage, they spent 29 years serving as missionaries in Costa Rica, Mexico and the U.S. with CAM International (now Camino Global) and Missionary TECH Team.  Ken taught at LeTourneau University for 19 years before coming to ETBU in 2012. Carol has been a receptionist at Heaton Eye Associates for 14 years.

“So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” 

-  Matthew 19:6 (NIV)

Oct
14
2013

Fire Ant Festival


Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff, Just for Fun


Dr. Dub Oliver and Susie, prior to start of the Fire Ant Festival Parade.

Dr. Dub Oliver and Susie, prior to start of the Fire Ant Festival Parade.

This past weekend, the Marshall community held its annual Fire Ant Festival downtown around the historic Harrison Country Courthouse.  The Fire Ant Festival with its many fun activities to participate in has been held for the past 30 years. ETBU was well presented in the annual Fire Ant Festival parade.

President Dub Oliver and First Lady Susie, served as the Grand Marshall for the parade that travels through downtown.  Dr. Oliver tweeted (@DrDub_ETBU) at the parade, “Great fun for Susie and me to be Grand Marshall of the Fire Ant Parade! #WeLoveMarshall #FireAntFestival #ETBU.”

Miss ETBU Macy Freeman, a nursing major form Midlothian, was also in the parade representing ETBU.

Don’t forget about another parade on the calendar, the 2013 Homecoming Parade will be held this Saturday (Oct. 19) at 11:00 a.m. traveling through campus on Tiger Pride.

 Click here for information on Homecoming 2013.

Oct
3
2013

A Tiger In Norway


Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff


Dr. Cassie Falke on the top of Lovstakken, one of the mountains surround Bergen, Norway. The Falke family has been climbing a different peak every weekend while in Norway. PHOTO: Damon Falke

Dr. Cassie Falke on the top of Lovstakken, one of the seven mountains surrounding Bergen, Norway. The Falke family has been climbing a different peak every weekend while in Norway. PHOTO: Damon Falke

Right now ETBU has a one of its own in Norway.  What is Associate Professor of English Dr. Cassie Falke doing in Norway?  Back in July, she was named a Fulbright Scholar and is spending a whole year in Norway, teaching and doing research. Dr. Falke is on her sabbatical and her husband, Damon, and their two boys were able to go Norway with her. 

Just recently, she sent word via email to ETBU Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Lawrence Ressler an update of what she  is experiencing  at the at the University of Bergen. The University of Bergen is located in the heart of the city and has about 14,500 students enrolled, and 3,200 faculty and staff.  

She writes: “All is well here. I am teaching three seminars (two for undergrads and one for masters students) and sharing a lecture course with three Norwegian professors. The department here has received me warmly, and teaching has gotten off to a good start. The students here only take exams once, or maybe twice a semester and receive no formal evaluation beyond those exams, so my time in the office generally goes to preparing for classes and research.” 

“I had a backup plan in case I did not receive the Fulbright. That plan was to write about the ways that reading literature strengthens the mental habits of attention, empathy and hope – the same mental habits we use to love God and neighbor. My proposal to present an excerpt of this writing at the Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago was accepted, so I am getting to work on this project some while I am here as well. This is the largest literature conference in the world, with thousands of people attending (not my session, but the conference), so I am honored to be working toward that. I feel especially honored to be expounding on the work of a Christian philosopher in such a large forum.”

“As a family, we are enjoying Bergen, Norway tremendously. The city is ringed round with seven mountains and green on every side except at the harbor, where the city opens right onto the sea and fjord land. We have climbed to a different peak every weekend we have been here. Our oldest boy, spent yesterday afternoon memorizing Viking poetry in a museum. Our littles spent it picking currants in our backyard with his Papa. Needless to say, they like Norway.”

“I miss my students, but so far my sabbatical is providing just what a sabbatical is designed to provide: a sabbath from my regular teaching and administration there and an opportunity to refine competencies that will help me continue growing as a professor.”

The Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 scholars and professionals abroad each year to more than 150 countries. ETBU is proud of Dr. Falke and what she is experiencing as a Fulbright Scholar. The ETBU family is praying for God’s blessings upon her and her family as they are away from East Texas.

Sep
4
2013

Like Mother, Like Daughter


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Teri McKinley, co-author of the book, My Mama and Me: Rhyming Devotions for You and Your Child. PHOTO: ETBU/Ryan Perry.

Teri McKinley, co-author of the book, My Mama and Me: Rhyming Devotions for You and Your Child. PHOTO: ETBU/Ryan Perry.

“Like mother, like daughter.”  For Teri McKinley that well known phrase has come true. Teri’s mom, Crystal Bowman, is an accomplished author.  Mom has been writing children’s books for over 20 years.  Now, daughter is a published author as well.  Teri co-authored a children’s devotional book, My Mama and Me: Rhyming Devotions for You and Your Child, with her mom that has been recently published by Tyndale House Publishing. 

 When Teri received a copy of her first book she said, “Excitement doesn’t begin to describe the feeling I had when I held the book for the first time! It was the first moment I truly grasped the weight of the opportunity I had been given. Pride, joy, and giddiness were the feelings that washed over me. I also felt a huge sense of gratefulness to the Lord—I couldn’t believe He would use me, a young woman in East Texas, to reach children in this way.”

 To read more about the book and Teri, click here.

Sep
4
2013

The Biggest Running Backs Coach In America


Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Faculty/Staff


  

ETBU running back coach Lee Grimes (far right) coaching the Tigers during practice.  PHOTO: Drew Dawson

ETBU running back coach Lee Grimes (far right) coaching the Tigers during practice. PHOTO: Drew Dawson

When ETBU running backs football coach Lee Grimes walks into a room or stands on the sideline at Ornelas Stadium, people notice.  Why? He stands six feet, seven inches tall.  Unofficially, he may be the biggest running backs coach in America, according to head football coach Joshua Eargle.

Playing for Brownwood High School, Coach Grimes was voted All-District and All-State twice as an offensive lineman.   He had a stellar college career at Texas A&M being selected All-Big 12 and Aggie All-Decade Team in 2009.  He also has NFL experience with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the San Diego Chargers.

As the ETBU Tigers prepare for the season opener at Austin College (Sept. 14), Coach Grimes was featured recently in a story by KTAL-TV’s Lance Snow.  Click here to view the story that aired on KTAL.  

Aug
20
2013

Tigers Move-In Tradition Continues


Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff, Memories on the Hill, Student Life


ETBU President Dr. Dub Oliver and others help a new student to move-in.

ETBU President Dr. Dub Oliver and others help a new student to move-in.

Move-in Day for first time freshmen and transfer students is an event on the ETBU campus that is looked forward to each year.  Staff, faculty and student leaders serve together to help the new Tigers move belongings from the vehicle to the dorm room. Also helping welcome the new Tigers to the Hill are members from local churches. Local churches set up booths on the Quad handing out corn dogs, bar-b-q sandwiches, cookies, ice cream, water, and other items.

Jimmy Isaacs, a reporter from CBS19-TV, did a story on the new Tigers moving in. Click here to watch the story that aired on the Tyler TV station.

ETBU Professor of Computer Science Bill Mills said, “I think move-in day is a wonderful expression of gratitude from ETBU to the students.  It is a tangible way for us to let them know that we are glad they chose our university and that we will go out of our way to make sure that they get a quality education.”

Fall classes began August 19.

Jul
30
2013

Fulbright Scholar Dr. Cassie Falke


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Faculty/Staff, Honors


Dr. Cassie Falke helps students during class in Scarborough Hall.

Dr. Cassie Falke helps students during class in Scarborough Hall.

ETBU now has a Fulbright Scholar among its faculty.

 Associate Professor of English Dr. Cassie Falke has been named a Fulbright Scholar and will travel to Norway, to teach, learn, and do research. It is an opportunity of a lifetime. Dr. Falke and her family leave on Wednesday, July 31st, to spend a year in the land of the midnight sun.

 The Fulbright Scholar Program began in 1946 when Congress approved and the program signed into law by President Harry Truman. In the aftermath of World War II, Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas proposed the program to Congress.  Sen. Fulbright viewed the proposed program as much-needed vehicle for promoting “mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world.” 

 Do you know why Norway is called the land of the midnight sun? From late May to late July, because of Norway’s high latitude, the sun never completely descends beneath the areas north of the Article Circle.

 To read more about the year ahead for Dr. Falke click here.

  

Jul
15
2013

ETBU students, faculty spread globally for summer


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Faculty/Staff, Spiritual Life, Student Life


Logo and 3 EsMay Term at ETBU was a great opportunity for students to study abroad, if they choose. This past term, students traveled with ETBU professors to five continents: Asia, Africa, South America, Europe and North America.

In China, Dr. Kathleen Mays led one group in studying international business. A 2nd group studied ecology and ecological management led by Dr. Roy Darville. Mark Yates led a 3rd group engaging in a cultural exchange.

In Ethiopia, Dr. Elijah Brown led students in studying the History of Christianity in Africa.

In Ecuador, Dr. Catherine Cone and Connie Wyszynski co-led in teaching Global Community Health.

In England, Dr. Cassie Falke taught British Romanticism literature to ETBU students.

In Israel, President Dr. Dub Oliver and Dr. Israel Nandamudi led a group to the Holy Land focusing on the History, Politics and Religion of Israel.

What an experience for the students that will be a memory for a lifetime.

Read about experiences in Israel, Ethiopia, and Ecuador by clicking on the appropriate link.

 

To read about ETBU Students Journey to Israel to Study Culture, Politics, click here.

 

To read about ETBU Students Travel to Ethiopia, click here.

 

To read about ETBU Students Combine Study, Ministry In Ecuador, click here.

 

To read about ETBU Students Overcome Travel Obstacles While In Ecuador, click here.

 

Jun
13
2013

Two faculty members earn Ph.D.s


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


Dr. Laci McRee was one of two faculty members to earn a doctorate this past academic year.

Dr. Laci McRee was one of two faculty members to earn a doctorate this past academic year.

Two ETBU faculty members, Robin McLaran and Laci McRee, have earned their doctorates during the past academic year. They also both are alumnae of ETBU.

Dr. McClaran earned her Ph.D. in Education Sciences with an emphasis in Mathematics Education in May from the University of Kentucky. Dr. McClaran taught at Marshall High School for 27 years before joining the mathematics faculty at ETBU this past fall.

Dr. McClaran graduated from ETBU in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Education-Secondary Mathematics and her master’s degree is from the University of Texas-Tyler.

Dr. McRee received her doctorate from Texas Woman’s University in Kinesiology with emphases in sport management and business administration.

After earning her master’s degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sports Psychology from the University of North Texas, Dr. McRee came back to her alma mater as an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Exercise Science in the fall of 2011.

To read the full story, click here.